THREE LIONS skipper Harry Kane declared himself fit last night – and ready to score his first goals at the World Cup.
Harry was top scorer at the 2018 tournament in Russia but has yet to score in Qatar.
The hitman-turned-supplier as England struggled through their first three games now hopes to open the floodgates against Senegal tonight.
He said: “I’d certainly like to sit here with two or three goals, but the group games went well.
“The games haven’t been too physical and going into the knockout stages I’m feeling really good – fit and toned and fitter than I’ve ever been.”
Manager Gareth Southgate will also not be surprised when 29-year-old Harry opens his account in the 7pm KO match against the champions of African nations.
Harry’s last goal was against Germany in the Nations League at Wembley in September.
But Gareth insisted: “With Harry, you know the goals are coming. So as time goes on without them, you know they’re coming pretty soon.”
He added: “We’ve always wanted to take the country on a journey and create nights that people will remember forever.
“I think we’ve had a few of those in recent years and we’re hoping to have another one on Sunday.”
And he assured worried fans that the team had prepared intensively in the event of a dreaded penalty shoot-out.
England – who suffered heartbreak at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley last year – have won just three out of ten tournaments.
But Gareth said: “We are prepared and we had a process that we followed.
“That’s what we’ve been doing for the past few months, but there are so many other aspects of the game that you have to get right.
With Harry you know the gates are coming
“We want to win the game and avoid overtime and penalties.
“But if we have to go 120 minutes or more, we have to be mentally and physically ready – and I believe we are.”
England have been further boosted by the form of Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, who is in contention for the Golden Boot as top scorer with three goals.
Marcus, 25, was devastated when he was among those who missed a penalty in the Euro final and were targeted by racist trolls.
But Gareth said the striker is once again playing “with a smile on his face” – and remains one of England’s biggest penalty hopes.
He said: “Marcus is one of the best penalty takers in the world.
“Statistically, he’s an 85 percent human, but even the best fall short of 15 percent.
“Ultimately you have to trust your players that they will deliver in these big moments.”
Senegal, also known as the Teranga Lions, enter the game as underdogs but Gareth warned his players not to underestimate them.
It will be the first time England have played Senegal and Gareth said they will face a “well organized and athletic” side who play with “tremendous spirit”.
As he spoke, The Sun’s lion mascot Harry Mane cheered on fans among the 8,000 traveling Lionhearts who will fill a corner of the 69,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor tonight.
More than 20 million television viewers are expected at home.
Pub bosses predict 15million pints could be drunk today as beer sales soar by 50 per cent.
Another 20 million pints will be sunk at home.
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “At home and at the bar, the beer is flowing.
“When England does well, our pubs and breweries do well too.”
Molly Davis of the British Institute of Innkeeping added: “Sunday’s game will have our pubs cheering.”
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THE Sun on Sunday’s psychic camel Camilla predicts a Three Lions win against Senegal tonight.
Melton Mowbray, Leics, owners Jenny and Vernon Moore, both 52, insist she “never goes wrong”.
Vernon told manager Gareth Southgate and the team: “Camilla has your back. . . Football is coming home!”
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